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January 12, 2013

Suntron sells plant to Va. company but jobs will stay in Methuen

Jobs will stay in Methuen

METHUEN — Electronics manufacturer Suntron Corp. announced Thursday it sold the last of its manufacturing capability to a Virginia-based electronics firm that focuses on a similar type of integrated systems to those built here.

That move follows the sale of an integrated systems service technology business unit last month, completing a complete pullout by the Phoenix-based Suntron about two years after opening the Methuen plant. Both buyers said Friday they plan to keep current employees on and hope to expand here.

Electronic Instrumentation and Technology purchased Suntron’s manufacturing facility at 300 Griffin Brook Drive to expand its capabilities into the aerospace industry and to develop a customer base in the Northeast, EIT said. The 45 to 50 employees in the manufacturing portion of Suntron’s unit are expected to stay on with EIT.

“They do have their own customer base up there we’re going to acquire, keep and hopefully grow,” said Jim Raymont, director of sales for EIT. “It’s the same type of customers we have, so we thought it would be a good fit.”

EIT is a contract manufacturing services company, engineering and building medium- and high-tech electronics and systems for medical, telecommunications, defense, and industrial customers. Raymont said orders and products are specialized, rather than mass produced.

The company signed a nine-month lease in the current building on Griffin Brook Drive, and will evaluate whether it should stay there or relocate. If the company moves, Raymont said it intends to stay in the area.

Additionally, the Griffin Brook Drive plant has an aerospace certification that is designated to a facility, as opposed to a company, that will allow EIT to expand its production capabilities.

“We will be able to utilize that, and we have some customers here that could use that facility in New England,” Raymont said.

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